The PAAC Fellowship

Overview

The PAAC Fellowship is a 10-month intentional online learning community that will run from August 2019 through June 2020. Now in its third year, the fellowship aims to educate PAACs about our history, intersectionalities, and activism with the goal of developing a more integrated PAAC identity and deeper relationships with fellow PAACs. Every month, we’ll focus on a different topics and frameworks of interest to PAACs:  Asian American history, Asian American theology, Asian American psychology, PAAC political action, and more.

  • Every month, on a Saturday (9am PT/12pm ET), we’ll have a 2-hour live webinar with an expert in the field.
  • Every week, on a weekday evening, fellows will meet in their online small groups, where they will process weekly readings and discussion questions curated by that month’s speaker.
  • In May or June of 2020, fellows will gather in Seattle for a time of in-person learning and community before the PAAC conference. (Your conference registration fee will be waived, but the cost of travel and lodging is not included. We encourage you to apply for the fellowship even if you aren’t sure if you will be able to participate in this part of the program in person.)

Fees and Scholarships

Tuition: $550, plus the cost of reading materials, due on September 1, 2019. Payment plans can be arranged if needed.

We highly encourage fellows to apply for scholarships if cost is a barrier to participating in the fellowship. A separate scholarship application page will be provided, due at the same time as the fellowship application.

Applications

Applications open: Monday, June 17, 2019
Application deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019

Space is limited and fellows will be accepted on a rolling basis, so applying early is strongly encouraged.

The application includes:

  1. Personal information
  2. Three essay questions
  3. Small group scheduling questions
  4. Two reference letters, one from someone who can speak to your engagement with your faith (a friend, a mentor, a pastor) and one from someone who knows you well. We suggest that you request letters as soon as possible.
  5. Optional scholarship application

Fellowship Schedule

(Webinar dates are in parentheses)

August 24: Introduction and Facilitation Training

Part 1: Theoretical Foundations
September (7th): Asian American History (Tim Tseng, PhD)
October (12th): Asian American Theologies (Kwok Pui-Lan, ThD)
November (9th): Faith and Political Action (Tisha Rajendra, PhD)

November 24-30: Thanksgiving Break
December 14: Quarterly Reflection
December 22 – January 3: Winter Break

Part 2: Understanding Intersectionalities
January (4th): Asian Americans and Race (Jonathan Tran, PhD)
February (1st): Asian Americans and Gender (Christine Pae, PhD)
March (February 29th): Asian Americans and Sexuality (Michael Campos, PhD)

March 28: Quarterly Reflection
March 29 – April 10: Spring Break

Part 3: Praxis
April (TBD): Asian Americans and Mental Health (Joseph Lee, MD)
May (TBD): History of PAAC Action and AAPI Heritage Month (Rev. Laura Cheifetz)
May or June: Topic TBD at the PAAC Fellows’ Pre-Conference Session in Seattle

Date TBD:  End-of-Year Reflection

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

The PAAC Fellowship FAQ can be found here. Testimonials from past fellows can be found here. Please direct any further questions or comments to the PAAC Fellowship email (fellowship@paachristians.org) and we will address them as soon as possible!

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